12 great summer reads!

WILD ISLAND
JENNIFER LIVETT

A novel that provides an alternative ending to Jane Eyre in Van Diemen’s Land. Harriet Adair has come to the island with Mrs Anna Rochester, who is recovering from imprisonment in the attic of Thornfield Hall. They search for the truth about Anna’s past, trying to unearth buried secrets.

 

 

The Museum of Modern Love 
HEATHER ROSE

A literary novel about a lost man in search of connection — a meditation on love, art and commitment, set against the backdrop of one of the greatest art events in modern history, Marina Abramovic’s The Artist is Present.

 

 

 

The Boy Behind the Curtin
TIM WINTON

Chaos waits in the wings and ordinary people are ambushed by events and emotions beyond their control. The extraordinarily powerful true stories that make up The Boy Behind the Curtain take us behind the scenes, revealing the accidents, both serendipitous and traumatic, that have influenced Winton’s view of life.

 

The Story of Australia’s People Volume II
GEOFFREY BLAINEY

Geoffrey Blainey continues his account of the history of this country from the early gold rush to the present day, completing the story of our nation and its people. 

Bob Ellis:
In His Own Words

This collection showcases Ellis celebrated essays, speeches, diaries and scripts, in addition to previously unpublished work, archival photos, and reflections from friends and family. Compiled by Anne Brooksbank, the book has all the wit, acuity and forthrightness that we have come to expect from this inimitable wordsmith. 

 

 

True Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia
DAVID HUNT

In this side-splitting sequel to his bestselling novel Girt, David Hunt takes us to the Australian frontier. This was the Wild South, home to pioneers, gun-slinging bushrangers, directionally challenged explorers, nervous Indigenous people, Caroline Chisholm and sheep. Lots of sheep.

 

 

A Single Tree
DON WATSON

A Single Tree assembles the raw material underpinning Don Watson’s award-winning The Bush. These diverse and haunting voices span the four centuries since Europeans first set eyes on the continent.

 

 

Voices From the Air
TONY HILL

An untold tale of Australians at war: introducing the first ABC war correspondents and showing how radio broadcast from the battlefields to those at home waiting for news. Hill’s own experience as a foreign correspondent led him to tell a compelling and passionate story. 

The Cook’s Table
STEPHANIE ALEXANDER

Stephanie shares 25 of her favourite menus for entertaining family and friends, from special occasions such as Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, to menus inspired by her travels in France, Italy, Turkey and Peru. 

 

Under Full Sail
ROB MUNDLE

How the mighty clipper ships transformed Australia from a convict outpost to a nation. The story of the clipper ships, and the tens of thousands of migrants they brought to the Australian colony of the nineteenth century, is one of the world’s great migration stories.

Ghost Empire
RICHARD FIDLER

In 2014, Fidler and his son journey to Istanbul. Fired by passion for the Byzantine Empire we are swept into some of the most extraordinary tales in history. Turbulent stories are brought vividly to life at the same time as a father navigates the unfolding changes in his relationship with his son. 

 

The Good People
HANNAH KENT

Nóra has lost her daughter and husband and is now burdened with the care of her grandson, Micheál. The boy cannot walk, or speak, and is kept hidden from those who might see evidence of otherworldly interference. Nóra hires a servant girl, Mary, and together they seek out the only person who might be able to help Micheál. 

 

 

 

 

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